I may have shared this one but it’s so good I decided to share it again!
By David Wilkerson
[May 19, 1931 – April 27, 2011]
The only thing that can abort God’s wonderful purpose for you is the sin of
stubborn pride. We see this in the life of King Saul.
Scripture tells us that God’s Spirit was on this man from the day the prophet
Samuel saw him coming down the road. God had called Saul and He was using him,
but something in Saul was emerging quickly — an arrogant pride. Saul would
not confess or admit his sin. Instead, he blamed others to justify his actions.
He was more concerned with keeping up appearances than with what God thought of
Beloved, the difference between David and Saul was pride. Think about it. David
sinned as grievously as Saul did — Saul never killed another woman’s husband
— but David quickly repented of his sin. When Nathan pointed out his grievous
act, David didn’t justify it. Rather, he immediately cried out, “God, don’t take
Your Holy Spirit from me! All I want is to please You. I know I have failed You
but please forgive me. Cleanse my heart.” (See 2 Samuel 12:13 and Psalm 51.)
When Saul was caught in sin, however, he grabbed hold of Samuel’s skirt and
cried, “Don’t take my kingdom from me. Please stand with me so I won’t look
bad in front of my people.” (Read 1 Samuel 15:22-35.) Saul was more
interested in what the people thought about him than in having grieved the Holy
Beloved, it is pride — a haughty, immovable spirit — that brings men down.
A broken heart, a contrite spirit, captures the heart of the Lord. It does not
matter what you have been through or how you have failed God. If you run to Him
and weep it all out after you have failed, He will stand with you. He always
stands with those who have a broken heart and a contrite spirit.
We all fail the Lord; no one in His church is perfect. Yet every time we are
unfaithful to Him, He remains faithful to us.